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Stephen J. Coates, President

Stephen Coates

Stephen helped build Coates & Sowards, Inc. from the ground up. While he still travels all over the Greater Bay Area visiting properties and handling large maintenance issues, he enjoys spending as much time as possible on the links. Golf has been a passion of his for decades and he has been involved with our company golf tournament for over 30 years. Stephen also enjoys spending time with his 7 grandchildren, watching the various sporting events they are engaged in. If you come across Stephen, he would love to chat you up about his family, golf, wine, and of course real estate.

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Jason Sowards, Owner, Broker

Jason Sowards

Jason is married and has three sons, two of whom are also married, so he enjoys getting together with everyone as often as possible.  When not at work, he serves in his church. His hobbies include playing his drums (to satisfy his unfulfilled rock-star fantasy), playing (but not practicing) golf, and watching BYU football (and the Raiders, too, wherever they call home). Although Jason also enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures and new foods, he is also happy to come home and enjoy his wife’s awesome cooking. 

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Kevin Coates, Owner, Broker

Kevin Coates

When not at the office, Kevin spends as much time as he can with his family, which includes his wife Emma, five kids, and two dogs—Ming and Mochi. He has enjoyed coaching his kids’ soccer and baseball teams as well as participating in their activities, including the Santa Cruz Adventure group of Mighty Ohlone’s as well as Cub and Boy Scouts. Other times you may see Kevin playing or taking walks with the family dogs. When he isn’t with his family, golf has been a known activity to take up his time. Even though this sounds like he does quite a bit, he considers his wife to be the true rock star of the family. 

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